Accelerate, a program designed for first-time freshmen by Housing and Residence Life, is specifically developed to help students succeed at Ball State. A limited number of students will be selected to participate in each residence hall throughout campus. These Accelerate students will have additional opportunities to develop the skills needed to stay on track and succeed at Ball State.

Accelerate students will move in early to attend special programs with speakers who will share valuable tips on:

  • getting involved in your residence hall and in student organizations
  • developing leadership skills
  • achieving academic success 
  • learning more about campus 
  • and making friends!

For more information, contact 765-285-8006 or email Julie Moody.

Program Fee (includes meals, lodging, and activities): $.00 - free

Program Dates:  Dates have not yet been selected.  (Please note that three other Summer Bridge Programs - Cardinal Connections, Cardinal Leadership and Service Seminar, and Early Start - take place during the same dates as Accelerate, so if you are registering for Accelerate, you cannot register as a participant for Cardinal Connections, C.L.A.S.S. or Early Start)

Registration:  Registration for the Accelerate Program of Summer 2018 program will be open in early April 2018.

Maximum Participation:  Limited to 200 students

Itinerary for August 2017:

Day 1 - Sunday, August 13, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Participant Check-In
2:00 p.m. Welcome and Introductions
3:00 p.m. Accelerate Team Activities
4:00 p.m. Introduction of Accelerate Teams
5:00 p.m. Ice Breakers with Residence Hall Staff
6:00 p.m. Dinner
7:00 p.m. Break
8:45 p.m. Movie and Game Night, hosted by Residence Hall Association

Day 2 - Monday, August 14, 2017
8:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Challenge Experiences
10:45 a.m. Leadership on Campus with Ryan Penneau
12:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. Developing and Academic Purpose with Ryan Penneau
4:30 p.m. Accelerate Team Photos
5:00 p.m. Dinner
6:30 p.m. Culture Shock by Summit Comedy
8:30 p.m. Accelerate Reflection

Day 3 - Tuesday, August 15, 2017
8:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Campus Scavenger Hunt
11:00 a.m. Opening Roles and Welcome Week
12:00 p.m. Lunch and Visit to the Bookstore
2:00 p.m. Headbands of Hope: How it Started with a Spark with Jess Ekstrom
3:30 p.m. Meet and Greet with Jess Ekstrom
4:00 p.m. Accelerate Connections
5:00 p.m. Dinner
6:30 p.m. Accelerate Teams Final Reflection
7:30 p.m. Night at Rec